B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical scientists are focused on the discovery and development of new medications that may one day be used by patients to manage their health.

This spirit of discovery is echoed in the B.S. program in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) which provides students with a strong foundation in research. Combined with a set of core courses in the liberal arts, graduates of program have the knowledge and skill sets to become global citizen scientists.

Students are engaged in laboratory-based coursework for all four years of the program, working side-by-side with faculty on a wide range of research based projects.

All students in the BSPS program select one of two concentrations: Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics (see curricular coursework on the sidebar of this page).

A thesis option also exists in the BSPS program for students with a substantial interest in participating in basic science research. 

B.S./M.S. Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences

One of the options available to you as a student in the BSPS program is a joint degree program done entirely at ACPHS where you can earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in five years, instead of the typical six.

By earning two degrees in this manner, you save time (and money) while accelerating the next phase of your life - whether it's pursuing studies toward a Ph.D., a professional degree, or career opportunities in pharmaceutical or biomedical research.

Career Pathways

The combination of classroom instruction and laboratory training in this program is ideal for pursuing opportunities in areas such as neuroscience, pharmacology, drug discovery and development, nanoscale pharmaceuticals, and medically related fields that depend on these disciplines.

Some graduates have moved directly into the pharmaceutical or biotech industries while others have continued on to either medical or graduate education programs - including ACPHS’ own Master’s program in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Below is a partial list of schools where BSPS students have enrolled in recent years to continue their studies:

Medical Schools

  • Albany Medical College
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
  • Cooper Medical School, Camden NJ
  • Des Moines University Medical School
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • University of Ottawa Medical School

Master's, Professional, and Ph.D. Programs

  • Albany Law School
  • Mt. Sinai Medical School, School of Public Health
  • Northeastern University
  • Russell Sage College, School of Nursing
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University